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Watch - Police release video of Tiger Woods falling asleep on the wheels

Tiger Woods, who was arrested for the charge of DUI (Drink Under Influence), struggled through a field sobriety test in dashcam footage released by Jupier county police.

other sports Updated: Jun 01, 2017 13:42 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Tiger Woods,Golf,DUI
Tiger Woods, former world No.1 golfer, had blamed the DUI arrest on an adverse reaction to prescription medication which he has taken following back surgery.(AP)

The controversy over Tiger Woods’ arrest on Tuesday for the charge of DUI continued with Jupiter county police releasing a dashcam video of the incident.

The former world number one golfer looked disoriented, stumbled and swayed through a field sobriety test which led to his arrest. The video showed Woods was unable to tie his shoe lace and wobbled as he tried to walk along a straight line. Woods was “unable to walk alone” and found it “hard to keep eyes open”. The American golfer could not follow a red light with his eyes when asked to do so by the officer.

To test whether Woods understood the instructions, the officer asked him to recite alphabets A to Z in ‘slow and non-rhythmic manner’. “Meaning you are not going to sing it, Ok? Do you understand the instructions,” the officer asked Woods. He replied: “I do”. When the officer asked him what were the instructions, Woods said: “Not to sing the national anthem backwards.”

At one point in the sobriety tests Woods asks, “What are we doing?” Woods, however, managed to recite the alphabets later on as seen in the video.

Woods had blamed the DUI arrest on an adverse reaction to prescription medication. Following his release, Woods released a statement which said, “I didn’t realize the mix of medications had affected me so strongly. I would like to apologize with all my heart to my family, friends and the fans. I expect more from myself, too.”

Woods has previously made headlines away from the golf course. His private life unraveled in late 2009 over allegations about affairs with several women and ultimately led to the end of his marriage. Those allegations followed a bizarre early morning car accident outside his Florida home that rapidly ballooned into a fully-fledged sex scandal which turned his previously unblemished life and career upside down.

The scandal ultimately cost Woods a number of lucrative endorsement deals, while other sponsors shifted away from using him in marketing but did not end their contracts with him.

Woods, whose current sponsors include Nike, Bridgestone, Hero, Kowa, Upper Deck, and Monster Energy was ranked 12th on Forbes’ list of the highest-paid athletes in 2016, with total earnings of USD 45.3 million, despite missing much of the year recovering from back surgery.

First Published: Jun 01, 2017 13:39 IST